Adopted adults have a unique perspective on the adoption system, which can help change the system for the better. They are experts by experience.  

Our vision is an equal chance of a bright future for every child unable to live with their birth parents. When we talk about a bright future, we’re thinking of the adults those adopted children will become. We work with the whole adoption community – adopters and adopted people, as well as the social workers, teachers and other professionals around them. We also work with the individuals, families and professionals involved in other forms of permanence such as kinship.  

An evolving programme 

We have always worked with adopted adults – now we want to do more. We want to increase our work with adopted adults to improve the policies and practices that affect the adoption community. We also want to help them access the support they need - many adopted adults have ongoing support needs resulting from health conditions and from their early childhood experiences. We also want to provide them with a community who ‘get them’. Many people who are in some way touched by adoption benefit from connecting with others with similar experiences. We want to connect adopted adults with people like them.  

We also work with adopted young people  

We are building up our work with adopted young people across the UK – both in terms of providing support and community, and in terms of sharing opportunities to influence adoption policy and practice. We'll be announcing more soon aso stay tuned to this page for more information. 

Many adopted adults are still living with the impacts of trauma, and with neurological conditions. We take their wellbeing seriously.  

We have a set of principles that guide all our work with people who have lived experience of adoption. These include respecting people’s privacy and safety, protecting people from discrimination, bullying or prejudice, and caring for people properly before, during and after we work with them. We also have a safeguarding policy, which sets out how we operate when there are concerns for the safety of an individual we are engaging with.  

If you want to get involved, what’s the first step?  

We want the future of our work with adopted adults to be shaped by them. If you’re an adopted adult and would like to help us shape the future, please consider joining in the conversation. We’re holding a series of listening events between now and Christmas. You can find out more below and keep an eye on social media for details.  

On the 23rd September 18 adoptees joined a virtual meeting facilitated by adopted adults who work for Adoption UK.  The discussions were wide ranging and those attending were between 20 and 80 years of age, adopted from the UK and from overseas and included trans racial adoptees and those who only discovered they were adopted when they were adults.   Two major themes emerged from the discussions and those will be the focus of the next two events.

We have two additional forums on the 26th October and the 16th November - we would love you to join us, so please sign up below:

Adopted Adults Forum - 26th October 2021

Adopted Adults Forum - 16th November 2021